Ohio Gov. Kasich is 16th notable entry into GOP race

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the latest entry into the 2016 Republican presidential race.

The outspoken swing-state governor declared his candidacy Tuesday at Ohio State University. He told a crowd of 2,000: “The sun is going to rise to the zenith in America again.”

He’s the 16th notable Republican to join the bustling contest for the nomination.


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Kasich says that despite all the competitors, he’s the only one with experience in three broad areas of political leadership – the federal budget, national security and state government.

He served previously in the House, where he became an architect of a balanced budget deal in 1997. He’s 63.

Kasich embraces conservative ideals but bucks his party on occasion and disdains the Republican sport of bashing Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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